Ah sweet potatoes. I have a bias towards sweet potatoes everything fall/winter. Sweet potatoes become the focal point of so many meals that by March I feel like I should be orange. The extra flavor and color beats out regular potatoes any day. Sweet potatoes (for me at least) are one of the versatile fall vegetables. They can be mashed, cubed, roasted, used in soups, eaten as fries, or used as a main part of the meal. I think just the shear amount of sweet potato recipes I have on my site is evidence to how much I love this fall treat.
When it comes to telling the difference between yams and sweet potatoes (in the U.S.), there is actually no trick. Yams sold in grocery stores are actually sweet potatoes with the “yam” label. True yams are a starchier root vegetable that you can find in international supermarkets (since it is native to Africa.) If you want to freeze sweet potatoes, simply cook however you like (steam, boil, roast) until almost tender. Let the sweet potato cool and pack away in a freezer safe container. I love freezing mashed sweet potatoes for use in soups and roasted sweet potatoes for use in stews!
Recipes from around the web:
Sweet Potato, Curry, and Quinoa from Happyolks Rosemary Parmesan Sweet Potato from Cookie and Kate Smoky Sweet Potato Soup from This Homemade Life Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes from The Year in Food Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Chili Beans from A Couple Cooks Mexican Black Beans and Sweet Potatoes from Good Things Grow Grilled Sweet Potato and Cherry Salsa from the First Mess Sweet Potato Veggie Burger from Love and Lemons Rustic Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup from My New Roots Spiced Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas from Sprouted Kitchen